‘Horns Start Slow, Finish Fast, 41-10

If last week's game started about as well as could have been scripted for the Longhorns, this week's game started with a nightmare script. In the first half, the 'Horns gave up a punt block for a touchdown, turned the ball over on downs inside their own 15 after a botched fake punt, threw an interception, and had six penalties. With 28 points in just 14 minutes, the ‘Horns put away the Cowboys.

Once again, the defense opened the game well with a quick three and out and turned the ball back over to the Longhorn offense at almost midfield. The ‘Horns drove the ball to 43 yards to the 12 yard line before Hunter Lawrence got the ‘Horns on the board with a 29-yard field goal.

The teams then traded punts six straight possessions before the Longhorns were backed up on their own five yard line. After three unsuccessful plays that gained only four yards, Justin Tucker rolled right for a rugby punt and inexplicably tried to convert the fourth down with a run, but he was stopped just short at the 14 yard line.

The defense held the Cowboys from the endzone and even a first down, but Wyoming did convert a 22-yard field goal by Austin McCoy to tie the score.

The offense then drove the ball 48 yards in nine plays to take the lead back at 6-3 with another Hunter Lawrence field goal, but it was another frustrating drive that ended before the goal line.

After a Colt McCoy interception and two more three and out series by the Longhorn offense, a John Gold punt was blocked, recovered and returned for a touchdown by Ghaali Muhammad to give the Cowboys a 10-6 lead with just 1:32 left in the second half.

When the ‘Horns took over, the offense finally got back on track from its own 30 yard line. But in just 1:08 seconds, McCoy drove the team the length of the field on 5-6 passing. James Kirkendoll got the last 25 yards on a tremendous catch and run, breaking several tackles at around the 15 yard line.

That Kirkendoll touchdown pushed the Longhorns ahead to stay at 13-10 just before half.

The second half started with another great kickoff return by redshirt freshman D.J. Monroe. Monroe took a short kickoff at the 19-yard line and raced it up the field 41 yards to the Cowboy 40.

The Longhorns then drove it down the field for a quick score by Colt McCoy with his legs. The 9-yard touchdown run put the ‘Horns up 20-10 early in the third quarter.

After two more Wyoming punts and a failed fake field goal run by Jordan Shipley, the Longhorns took over at their own twelve yard line. In just under three minutes and eight plays, the ‘Horns scored on a 33-yard catch by Dan Buckner after Colt McCoy avoided a free blitzer.

By the end of the third quarter, the Longhorns had scored 28 unanswered points and took a 34-10 lead.

McCoy's day was done with 8:52 left in the fourth quarter after a 26-yard touchdown pass to John Chiles with a great block by left guard Tray Allen. McCoy finished with 337 passing yards on 30 of 47 attempts with three touchdowns and one interception. He added 38 yards rushing and another touchdown.

James Kirkendoll led the receivers with seven catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. Dan Buckner added six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Tre Newton led the Longhorns backs with 62 yards on eight carries and his first touchdown.


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